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University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship

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Eligibility Criteria

Application for all Entrance Scholarships are normally open to students who meet the requirements

  • International students who have completed Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school, or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution;


  • International students who have completed an internationally recognised qualification at an overseas high school, such as A Levels, International Baccalaureate, or ATAR, AND have achieved excellent grades MAY be invited to apply. Please do not ask to apply, an "Apply Now" button in eVision will only appear for invited applicants who are nominated by the International Office after completing enrolment at the University of Otago.


  • Are intending to enrol or have enrolled for the first time for first-year (100-level papers), full-time degree-level, undergraduate study at the University of Otago.


  • Those who have studied more than 0.4 EFTS at any University or tertiary institution at degree-level or higher are not normally eligible.

Specific eligibility criteria for this Scholarship

In addition to the above eligibility criteria, those intending to commence study in programmes such as Health Sciences First Year or the intermediate year of professional degrees not offered at the University of Otago (e.g. Engineering) are not eligible for this scholarship.

How to apply?

All applications for Entrance Scholarships are done through eVision, the University's student management system. In order to apply for a scholarship, you will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application. 

In the Entrance Scholarship application, there are no 'not compulsory' sections of the application required to be completed but you must fill in the compulsory sections and submit it.

Before going through the application process, it is important to ensure that you are adequately prepared to begin the application. 

Closing date: 4 March for Semester 1 start

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